My first reaction to today's news that the SEC will probably be seeing Texas A&M as well as three other schools join was one of laughter. "These schools are going to get a rude awakening to REAL football" was my initial thought, but then you need to look a the big picture.
LSU recruits more big-name players form Texas than any other in the SEC. Well, at least they used to. Do you really think LSU will continue to pull the "Friday Night Lights" players out of the Texas mini stadiums?
What is it that brings kids to the SEC? Exposure, prominence, titles and future paychecks, to name a few. So it should be no surprise that eventually, A&M (as well as the three others, including Florida State) will skyrocket in the recruiting of the upper-echelon high school stars.
Should LSU still remain hanging around the top of the SEC? No doubt! But it may be a little tougher to steal those talents from Texas, not to mention watching their own backs to make sure no local players leave their own Louisiana backyards to go to the "big state."
Only time will tell what happens, but one thing is for sure: the SEC will never be the same. I can just wonder to see a few years down the road, as the LSU Tigers could face our "own" Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles in the SEC Championship Game of 2015.